Aizenberg Lab News by Year

Highlights of 2013

May 8, 2014

The article "Biofilm attachment reduction on bioinspired, dynamic, micro-wrinkling surfaces" has been selected by the New Journal of Physics for inclusion in the Highlights of 2013.

George Ledlie Prize awarded to Joanna Aizenberg

George Ledlie Prize awarded to Joanna Aizenberg

October 22, 2015

When George Ledlie, Harvard Class of 1884, died in 1927 he left Harvard a $1,000 bequest with very specific instructions: The income generated by the gift was to “be paid not oftener than once in every two years as a prize to a person in any way connected with said University, who, in the judgment of said University since the last awarding of the said prize, has by research, discovery or otherwise made the most valuable contribution to science, or in any way for the benefit of mankind …”

What Is ARPA-E Up to Now?

May 1, 2015

The new director of ARPA-E (the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy) singles out SLIPS as a prime example of translation of basic science into a high-impact energy-saving application, in an interview in Innovation.

Fabrics of life

March 25, 2015

A Nature Outlook story, Fabrics of Life, discusses how bioinspired liquid-infused textiles can lead to cutting-edge clothing and construction materials in medical, outdoor, and other settings.

2017 MRS Medal

October 24, 2017
The MRS Medal recognizes a specific outstanding recent discovery or advancement, which is expected to have a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field.  Joanna Aizenberg has been awarded a Medal “for developing new synthesis routes inspired by biological principles for the fabrication of advanced complex multifunctional materials and devices.”

Havinga Medal

October 24, 2017
The Havinga Foundation of the Leiden Institute of Chemistry of Leiden University, The Netherlands, has awarded Joanna Aizenberg the Havinga Medal. The Medal is awarded to a distinguished chemical scientist who is a leader in groundbreaking fundamental and applied molecular research. You can read about the Havinga Medal at http://www.... Read more about Havinga Medal
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Joanna Aizenberg elected member of National Academy of Engineering

February 12, 2019

Today, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School for Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) announced that Joanna Aizenberg, Ph.D., has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). She is recognized for her exceptional “contributions to [the] understanding of biological systems and bioinspired materials design”.


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News 2020

Integrating Variable Signals in Hydrogels

Highlight: Integrating Variable Signals in Hydrogels

July 2, 2020
All living organisms have systems that can link multiple signals to manage tasks. For example, humans have systems of organs that can combine inputs from sight, hearing, and smell in a fear response that can cause our hearts to speed up. This ability—called complex signal integration—is not found in artificial systems. This new study demonstrates a pathway for simple, soft artificial materials to use multiple signals from external sources to produce distinct responses. ... Read more about Highlight: Integrating Variable Signals in Hydrogels